“Flame of the Marathon Run”
The historic lighting of the first “flame of the marathon run" was held on November 3, 2007 on the sacred location of the Battle of Marathon and the tomb of the Athenians.
In 2008, Hopkinton was the first US community to receive the flame. The Boston Marathon which starts in Hopkinton, is modeled after the original modern Olympic event that started in Marathon, Greece and finished in the Olympic stadium in Athens.
The Boston Marathon is the oldest continuously run marathon in the world.
The twin city relationship between Hopkinton and Marathon, Greece was officially established on April 17, 2006 and celebrated with the dedication of a sculpture honoring the 1946 winner Stylianos Kyriakides, located at the one-mile mark of the Boston Marathon course.
Location. 42° 13.693′ N, 71° 31.413′ W. Marker is in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (Route 135). Touch for map. Located in front of Police Headquarters. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 Main Street, Hopkinton MA 01748, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies.
More about this marker. The flame was transported from Marathon Greece to Hopkinton where it was transferred to this monument by a Hopkinton Resident.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2012, by Joe B of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2012, by Joe B of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.